Painterly Excellence and Mishandling in Nicolai Fechin’s Portraits | Masterclass by Jan-Ove Tuv | The Cave of Apelles

Jan-Ove Tuv gives his analysis of the portraits by Nicolai Fechin and compares them to works by the Russian-American’s contemporaries and older colleagues.

 In this video you will learn about:

  • Reflecting the background in the main character
  • Separating forms by temperature instead of value
  • Keeping solidity in a roughly painted portrait
  • Dividing a form into multi-shapes to achieve volume
  • How to pull off thick in the shadows, thin in the lights
  • Why Munch and Boznanska are superior to Fechin
  • How too much structure of paint can defeat the form
  • What Chardin and Fechin have in common
  • Varying between loose and tight outlines
  • Fechin’s problemtatic handling of backgrounds
  • Why Rembrandt takes the glory at the end of the day

▶️ Full video (21 min):
🎵 Full audio:

Fergus Ryan
Matthias Proy
Eivind Josten
Børge Moe

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"